Mr. Joseph "Joe" Barnett Wolverton Jr.

April 21, 1930May 8, 2019

Joseph Barnett Wolverton Jr., affectionately known as "Joe", age 89, passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at home in Grain Valley, Missouri, surrounded by his loving family.

Joe served in the National Guard, the U. S. Navy and had a lifelong career with the railroad. He was a hard working self-reliant man with a big generous heart and had a lot of common sense. He was proud of his family whom he loved unconditionally. His life was a gift to others around him. He loved taking care of his property, the outdoors, fishing and riding his tractor mower, but most of all his family. He built all three of his homes with his own hands and together with his wife Wilma, put their three children through college.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents Joseph Barnett Wolverton Sr. and Cora Elizabeth (Kallenbach) Wolverton, and brothers Donald Dean and Forrest Dale Wolverton.

Joe is survived by his wife Wilma, the love of his life for 67 years; their children, Joyce Newhouse, Debbie Radford and Joseph Robert Wolverton; grandchildren: Ryan Newhouse, Matt Newhouse and Joseph Nathan Wolverton; 4 great grandchildren; sisters: Eloise Jarrell, Marcheta McCarthy, Donna McVay, Gloria Little; brother Stephen Wolverton and many other loving family and friends.

Service Information: Monday, May 13, 2019, Visitation: 9:00 A.M., Funeral Service: 10 A.M. at Floral Hills Funeral Home, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd, Kansas City, Missouri 64133. Followed by Graveside Service with Military Honors in Floral Hill East Cemetery, 25203 E. US Hywy 50, Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64086.


  • Visitation Monday, May 13, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, May 13, 2019
  • Graveside Service Monday, May 13, 2019


Mr. Joseph "Joe" Barnett Wolverton Jr.

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Gerald Bland

May 13, 2019

I met Joe in 1982 at U P Railroad in Kc. Ks. I told him i Was from Mexico, MO. Joe told me he had a cousin from Mexico, Mo. Dr. Kallanbach. So my ex mother-in-law (Mrs. Bea Jackson) worked for the Kallenbach family probably 50 years, and helped raise his kids. From then on, we called each other cuz. Joe was a good man and knew how to work and repair railroad freight cars. I don't remember where he lived exactly but he let me fish on his property once. Once a year he would bring Ruberry pie, it was the best. I so sorry for your Loss!

His Loving Family

May 11, 2019

Starla Goad

May 11, 2019

I remember my Uncle Joe as a man who loved the outdoors, liked to fish, worked hard for his family and liked talking about his long time career with Union Pacific among other topics. When we were kids, I enjoyed going to their (Uncle Joe & Aunt Wilma’s) home which he built out in the country – he would put the cousins in a trailer hooked to his tractor and pull us around in the yard- and we celebrated the 4th of July there too! Good memory!
I pray God’s peace and comfort for Aunt Wilma & the family during this difficult time!
Love, Starla